Q4 FY2018 — Microsoft earnings


Productivity group revenue was up 13 percent to $9.7 billion, with operating income up 20 percent at $3.5 billion.

"We had an incredible year, surpassing $100 billion in revenue as a result of our teams' relentless focus on customer success and the trust customers are placing in Microsoft", Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gushed.

Microsoft's overall revenue for the fourth fiscal quarter reached $30.1 billion, up 17 percent YoY and beating analysts' predictions of $29.2 billion. We're investing aggressively in content, community, and cloud services across every end-point to expand usage and deepen engagement with gamers.

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Chief financial officer Amy Hood said there was "double-digit revenue growth across all segments. anchored by commercial cloud revenue growing 53pc year-over-year to $6.9bn". Notably, this is Microsoft's first earnings report since announcing its intent to acquire code-sharing startup GitHub for $7.5 billion.

All in all, a familiar tale: cloud services are growing (although Microsoft remains reluctant to offer concrete numbers on Azure), and Microsoft seems to be successfully converting customers away from perpetual licenses and over to Office 365. Gaming revenue grew 39 percent over a year ago to almost $2.29 billion.

Revenue from server products and cloud services was up 23% to $9.6 billion (analysts expected $9.09 billion).

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Notably, Azure - considered the leading rival to the dominant Amazon Web Services - saw revenue growth of 89% from the same period in 2017, though Microsoft doesn't disclose specific financials for the service. This included an 89pc jump in revenue from its Azure cloud computing platform. Even though Microsoft didn't release any new devices this quarter, the company has put out a number of Surface gadgets in recent months and sales are still going strong. Windows OEM Pro revenue grew by 14% (14% CC), and non-Pro declined 3% (3% CC).

Gaming revenue increased 39% with Xbox software and services revenue growth of 36%.

On the gaming side, which includes everything from Xbox hardware to Xbox Live subscriptions to revenue from games made by Microsoft as well as other studios, the company reported its first ever $10 billion year.

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